Dear Coach Rick Pitino,
It is truly hard to image entering the KFC Yum! Center and not, first hearing you, then seeing you on the sidelines. You have been the figure head of the University of Louisville’s basketball team for much of my childhood.
What has transpired the past few years under your reign, it breaks my heart. Whether you knew about the issues, that’s irrelevant at this point.
It has been hard to be a Louisville Basketball fan… The play on the court has been tremendous. Your play calling, flawless at its best. But, the constant harassment from other fan bases… It was hard.
We all know that Rick Pitino is amazing coach, after all, he is a Hall of Famer for a reason. Even though he probably has knees that would make Greg Oden and Derrick Rose envious, Coach Pitino showed us all that he has the mamba mentality on the court as well, and isn’t afraid to pull up a shot right in your face and make you look silly.
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This time last year, the Louisville Cardinals were gearing up to host No. 2 and eventual National Runner-Up North Carolina. A win over the Tarheels would’ve been the signature win that team needed. They had talent, leadership, and were widely considered as one of the most enjoyable Louisville teams to watch in recent memory. All they lacked was a marquee win.
It started with an aggressive drive capped off by a thunderous one-handed slam from senior grad-student transfer and crowd favorite Damion Lee. He’d finish with a game-high 24 points, and would lead the Cardinals to their recognition-earning win. The city, fans, and team expressed their elation all night and into the next morning. Then, everything changed.
We all appreciate Lamar Jackson from week to week. It’s cool when we all cheer for him to succeed. When we see the pro athletes acknowledge him it’s a little cooler.
Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier Journal is reporting that Damion Lee has signed a training camp deal with the Boston Celtics.
Here are some of the highlights from the last few days of the NBA Summer League from Las Vegas, Nevada. The highlights come from @UofLFanBase and are very well done.
Everybody wanted to talk about the lackluster performance (ha) by one of the top draft picks in this years NBA Draft. I want to talk about the proficiency that Damion Lee has exhibited in the NBA Summer league. Most people thought he would go to Miami and fade away, not me. I believe he has played his way onto the team and will have a long career. Here are some highlights via @UofLFanBase for you to see just what kind of work he has put in.
On Thursday night at 8pm, we will have the 2016 NBA Draft live on ESPN. There will be 60 selections amongst 2 rounds, 30 picks each round. CBS sports released their final Projections For this year’s draft. Here’s where our Cards are projected:
V.J. King has arrived in Louisville. The 5 star Forward from Paul VI in Virginia took to Twitter as soon as he got to the YUM! practice facility. He wanted to let Damion Lee know that he had his back. Damion responded.
As you can see, Quentin Snider’s locker is next to VJ’s and he’s sporting a new number. It appears as if he is switching from 2 to 4.
Who couldn’t use a new Damion Lee Wallpaper? Everything I have posted with Damion’s name has been read and shared at a pretty high rate. I told him this a few weeks ago after the CardinalSportsZone show on 93.9 The Ville. (Cheap Pop). He loved the Dam-oji I came up with. (shout out to Troy for actually drawing it).
My guy Adam Lucas though hit me up today and asked could I share his latest wallpaper he did through Red Bolt Sports Design. I think you will love it. Click below to see it!
Enjoy this footage from the fine people at CN2 Sports!
We hope you didn’t miss TODAY’S episode of the Cardinal Sports Zone show on ESPN 93.9 The Ville. Your host Steven Rummage & the social media guru Jeremy were there to talk all things Cards! Today we welcomed back our guy Marques Maybin. We were proud to also bring to you the one and only Damion Lee. Draft talk, one and dones, next year’s team & a very special story about the first time he spoke to Rick Pitino.
Comments from top Graduate Transfer Canyon Barry
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Barry is hoping to duplicate the success of former Drexel guard Damion Lee, who left the Philadelphia school last March and transferred to Louisville. Lee led the CAA and Drexel in scoring during his junior season, averaging 21.4 points a game. Lee, a third-team All-ACC selection this past season, led the Cardinals in scoring, averaging 15.9 points a game.
Although their team fell 89-85 in the Reese’s Senior All-Star game, Trey & Damion at least looked as if they were having a blast this week. Don’t think that means the tournament wasn’t on their minds because Trey made it clear that it was embedded deeply there. In multiple radio interviews Trey made it clear how he felt about our teams chances against the field. For the record, Damion finished with 6 points and 3 rebounds and Trey Lewis added 17 points and 4 assists in their last game in a Cardinal uniform. Here are some of the tweets that Trey and Damion sent out this week. It did however look like they had a little fun this weekend. Not as much as playing in the Final 4 but you know. Check it out and Enjoy!